All the things was going completely to script in spherical 4 of Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin final weekend.
The Brit floored the Russian twice and gave the impression to be on the verge of an announcement win which might cement his place because the necessary challenger for the winner of Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3.
Then the uppercut landed, and the state of your entire heavyweight division modified immediately.
What subsequent for Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin?
Whyte has now declared his intention to activate his contractual clause for a rematch with Povetkin.
The Russian’s staff insist they’ll comply with via with this obligation.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has mentioned he’s planning to stage the combat earlier than the top of this yr.
He instructed Boxing Social: “Dillian, actually, has to go on the finish of November on the newest
“That might imply a 3 week relaxation now and getting again into camp.
“He’s bodily positive, we all know it was a nasty knockout and there can be a 28-day suspension which received’t actually have an effect on this combat.
“That’s one thing we’ve obtained to talk to Povetkin about. I believe Dillian could be proper and able to field on the finish of November.
“Lets see if Povetkin – we all know he’s beneath contract for the rematch – however he’s obtained to be snug to take that combat at that interval as effectively.
“I believe all being effectively this combat may occur as early as November, however we’ll should see how issues go.”
What does this imply for Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder?
Whyte beforehand stood because the WBC necessary and was attributable to get his title shot on the winner of Fury vs Wilder 3.
Povetkin has taken this place as necessary, however is not going to be on the identical timeframe for his shot.
The WBC are but to make clear precisely when the Russian can be necessary, however it’s anticipated he’ll be due round a yr from now.
This implies the winner of Fury vs Wilder Three can be free for a voluntary defence or unification bout in 2021.
What are the implications for Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua?
Fury and Joshua have agreed monetary phrases to satisfy in 2021.
First issues first, Fury must beat Wilder once more and Joshua should overcome Kubrat Pulev.
Now that the WBC necessary is out of the way in which, the trail is clearing for his or her undisputed title bout to happen in early 2021 with out subject.
Nevertheless, there may be nonetheless one impediment remaining that few are speaking about…
What about Oleksandr Usyk?
Usyk is the WBO necessary for Joshua and can be attributable to get his title shot early subsequent yr.
This might intervene with the undisputed standing of Fury vs Joshua as AJ could finally should drop the WBO belt.
It’s also potential Usyk may settle for a step-aside deal or the WBO may rule to permit the undisputed combat to take precedence over the necessary.
In the end although, this could not forestall the Fury vs Joshua combat from truly taking place.
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